Advocate Editorial Board opinion: Inspiration important for city's progress

By the Advocate Editorial Board
Sept. 9, 2013 at 4:09 a.m.

Victoria has profited over the years from an active Chamber of Commerce, an involved private business community and through different processes such as the Main Street Program and a 2010 visit to the town of Paducah, Ky. The Main Street Program has helped revitalize Victoria's downtown through the opening of new businesses and the restoration of historic buildings, such as Huvar's Artisan Market. In addition, the trip to Paducah helped inspire the creation of the Victoria College Emerging Technology Center.

Now, the Victoria Chamber of Commerce is preparing to take another trip to a city in search for inspiration. This time, a group of eight people will travel to Raleigh, N.C., from Sept. 16-18 to look for positive changes and elements to incorporate into Victoria. The trip was inspired by Randy Vivian, the chamber's president and CEO, after he had some contact with Raleigh natives during a certification course and then visited the city himself for a conference.

The trip will be sponsored by the chamber; Klean Corp International; Robby and Tami Burdge, who funded another $10,000 grant just like they did for the trip to Paducah; and Invista. We applaud each of these contributors for their willingness to invest in the future development of Victoria. Our hometown has come a long way over the past few years, and we are glad to see residents, businesses and community leaders continue to be committed to seeing that progress continue.

We look forward to seeing what the group of Victorians brings back from their visit to the capital of North Carolina. Each city has its own unique culture and flare, and what works for one city does not always work for another, but we look forward to seeing what seeds of inspiration will be picked up on this trip. Most of all, we look forward to seeing that inspiration be turned to successful action in order to bring even more progress and development to Victoria.

This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.



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